Topic : Detroit Department of Transportation

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Video of clown riding on back of Detroit bus under police investigation

Security and Safety | October 11, 2016

With bright, bushy orange hair, a red nose and what appears to be a white lab coat, the clown can be seen gripping onto the rear of bus as it drives down a street.

Detroit DOT hiring 100 bus drivers

Management & Operations| April 14, 2015

The hiring of more drivers, which includes a starting wage jump of $2 an hour, is part of an effort to provide reliable, timely public transit service.

Management & Operations| February 6, 2015

Detroit DOT sat for years on millions for ride program

But not until last summer did DDOT launch the rides program for Detroit residents. Why DDOT didn't set up the program earlier was not immediately clear this week.

Bus| January 9, 2015

Detroit DOT unveils 7 new buses

Two federal grants totaling $38 million are paying for the buses, 31 of which will have arrived by the end of February, with an additional 49 expected to arrive beginning in April, according to the city. The first seven new buses, which will have security cameras installed, are expected to be in service in the next two weeks.

Bus| May 8, 2014

Transit officers start riding Detroit buses

The city placed officers from its new Transit Police force on its most troubled routes and is working to hire at least 30 more officers to supplement the unit. The effort follows a growing number of attacks on drivers and between passengers.
Bus| February 25, 2014

Detroit overhaul plan would boost fares, security

As part of the proposed blueprint for remaking the city filed in bankruptcy court, the department discussed several inefficiencies as well as a plan to address them over the next few years.
Bus| January 16, 2014

New Detroit DOT chief pledges 'a system you can rely on'

Plans include getting city buses running on time, a problem that has plagued the transit system for years, and improving safety on the buses, as assaults on bus drivers have become a contentious issue for both drivers and riders.
Bus| November 21, 2013

Detroit buses may get their own police force

The Detroit DOT may soon put more officers on city buses. The move is a response to bus drivers demanding more security, particularly after a passenger threw a bucket of bleach on a driver. The cost could be more than $2 million.
Bus| September 17, 2013

Detroit bus drivers demand more police protection

Rallying to demand safer buses after eight drivers were attacked by riders and hospitalized in the past nine months. The drivers hope the rally inspires Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to take steps to improve safety.
Management & Operations| August 6, 2013

New Michigan authority narrows CEO candidate pool

John C. Hertel, the GM of the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART); Albert Martin, a former director of the Detroit DOT and SMART; and Larry E. Salci, a transportation consultant who at age 29 led the Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority.
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